THE NOMOS OF THE CITY: TOWARDS A HISTORY OF URBAN FORM
The Wolf in the Living Room
Course Lecturer: Pier Vittorio Aureli (Terms 1–2) Course Tutor: Manolis Stavrakakis
The idea of ‘home’ is all too often naturalized through mythical ideas of shelter, neglecting its historical contingency and the increasing association to violent ideas of belonging. This course will examine the home as a site for the production of the ‘normal’, asking how ideas of order and hygiene have been extended to the urban, territorial and national realms.
First Year frames an overview of the history of the city and the urban territory: from antiquity to the contemporary age through the concept of urban form. Urban form can be located between planning and architecture. The course will focus on the examination of specific architectural objects and archetypes from a critical perspective.
THE PROJECT AND THE INTROJECT
SECOND YEAR ARCHITECTURAL KNOWLEDGE Course Lecturers: Mark Cousins and Mark Morris (Term 1–2) Course Tutor: Eleni Axioti
The second year examines the knowledge that is produced and used in architecture but through the precise point of a student's concentration over the course of their architectural study. This course links concepts and categories which students become aware of in architecture and asks how they work in practice. Whether we are examining the past or examining forms of architectural representation, we ask how a movement from concept to practice is achieved and, by doing so, attempt to demystify and clarify architectural knowledge.
THIRD YEAR BUILDINGS & CITIES Course Lecturers: Ryan Dillon and Costandis Kizis Course Tutor: Zaynab Zena Ziari
Third Year advances critical enquiry into the urban to examine how an architectural project captures features of the city in which it is located. In each case study from the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries and in each lecture, the course unpacks urban contexts to ask how they can be read and understood through a city's architecture to expose the social, political and cultural theories of its time.
This course explores an alternative conception of architecture through the notion of introjection at the demise of the projective regime. Despite its historical prominence, the notion of architecture as a form of projection can no longer explain architecture in its recent mediated, animated, digitised, coded, augmented and hybridised existences. The course argues a need for the category of introject – supplementary and subversive to that of the project – to come to terms with architecture in all its new disguises. FORM FOLLOWS MALFUNCTION Edward Bottoms
From the systemic to the personal, from instances of ecocide to individual cases of catastrophic building failure, this course investigates notions of collapse, malfunction and dereliction. Supplementing theoretical discussion, the course will have a strong empirical element encouraging students to investigate and document particular failures, making use of a wide range of archival sources and developing and honing research skills. THE LEAKY ROOF Susan Chai
This year the course reviews the technological lexicon in modern architecture. First comparing the emergence of high-tech architecture in the 1960s with machine aesthetic, the course then continues the ongoing investigation into perceptions and experiences framed by technology in the last century.